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Published on April 20th, 2023

How should I decorate my kitchen?

Style & Design
Modern Ranch-style Kitchen. Photo by Jens Behrmann on Unsplash.

Congratulations on your beautiful new kitchen installation! However, you may have noticed that the surrounding walls are bare and perhaps a bit worn-looking, unless you specifically requested decoration from your kitchen supplier. Now is the perfect time to consider adding some decorative touches to complete the look.

DIY or Tradesperson?

You have the option to either take on the task yourself or seek quotes from specialist firms. Opting for a DIY approach can save you money and prove to be a rewarding experience. The potential for DIY mishaps is minimal compared to the major works involved in kitchen fitting. You can find helpful tips in DIY books and magazines to guide you along the way.

Paint or Wallpaper?

Now, let's decide between paint and wallpaper. Modern emulsion paints are incredibly user-friendly, allowing for easy application with rollers, brushes, or pads. It is generally recommended to apply two coats of high-quality silk finish paint for a durable and long-lasting coverage. If you want to add some pattern and visual interest to your kitchen, consider choosing patterned wallpaper. Light colours can create a sense of spaciousness in the room. Since kitchens are functional spaces where moisture, grease, and dust tend to accumulate, it's important to select a wipe-clean surface such as smooth vinyl wallpaper. Avoid embossed papers, as they tend to trap dirt, are difficult to clean, and can easily get damaged.


Before starting the decoration process, ensure that all wood mouldings, such as doors, architraves, and skirting boards, are adequately painted. Don't forget about the ceilings, which should also be completed. Take measures to protect your cabinets, appliances, and floor coverings from any paint or paste drips during the decorating process. You may consider removing wall cupboard-mounted cornices to make the decoration easier. When applying wallpaper, avoid using excessive paste as it can make the paper soggy and prone to tearing. Allow the paste to soak in for the recommended time and use high-quality scissors and a craft knife with sharp blades to ensure clean cuts. Borders can be used to conceal any ragged edges near the ceiling, providing a neat and finished look. You will feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment once you have completed the decoration process.

Whether you choose to paint or wallpaper, adding your personal touch to the kitchen walls will truly enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your new kitchen space.